Football preview — Week 7

Published 4:16 pm Friday, October 11, 2019


Kickoff: Friday, 7 p.m.

Last season: Knights 39, Dukes 8

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Coaches’ game notes: The Knights will be — by far — the best team the Dukes have seen this year. The Knights are loaded at every position, and they demonstrate no weaknesses on film.

Buckingham was good last year, but what has taken it to the next level this season has been the fact that it is the Knights’ second year in Head Coach Seth Wilkerson’s system, and his players have bought into that system, even in the offseason with weight training.

The Knights’ roster is solid across the board, but their standouts that are well-known to opponents include senior running back Walter Edwards, junior running back Xavier Copeland and junior quarterback Gerry Toney.

Buckingham runs the ball most of the time, as opponents have generally not been able to contain that facet of the Knights’ offense.

Edwards is also a standout on defense at the linebacker position.

In terms of health, the Dukes have gotten some players back from the injury list, but new players, including starters, have since been added to that list, leaving them still shorthanded.

From Buckingham’s perspective, Cumberland is trying to establish itself and is doing some good things, scheme-wise. The Dukes run the ball pretty hard on offense.

Players that the Knights will key on based upon study of game film include senior quarterback Jordan Newman, senior running back DaJuan Brown and junior running back Vince Harris Jr.

Another Dukes player to take note of will be junior Muzzammil Fulani, who does some good things on both sides of the ball, spending time at the linebacker and halfback positions.

Also standing out has been sophomore Kyler Gilliam as both a tackler on defense and a runner on offense.

In terms of health for the Knights, they are close to being 100% healthy.


Kickoff: Friday, 7 p.m.

Last season: Bulldogs 38, Eagles 8

Coach’s game notes: The Eagles face a daunting task as they take on Goochland, the lone Virginia High School League Class 3 squad in the James River District. The Bulldogs are pretty solid across the board.

On offense, they will come out in a spread formation, and they will try to pass first. They run a lot of counters and misdirections out of the spread. Helping orchestrate things will be sophomore quarterback C.J. Towles. His favorite targets include senior running back Quincy Snead and senior running back Devin McCray.

Goochland also likes to run the jet sweep with McCray.

The Bulldogs play tough defense, and the majority of their defensive players stand out.

To achieve the upset, the healthy Eagles will have to play good, sound, fundamental football.


Kickoff: Friday, 7 p.m.

Coach’s game notes: For the second consecutive week, the undefeated Falcons enter a game against a team experiencing great difficulty this season.

The Quantico Warriors’ roster is dependent upon who is residing on the military base near the school, meaning it can change drastically from year to year.

Presently, Quantico is a significantly young team that is a far cry from what it was a few years back when the Falcons encountered it in the state playoffs.

Information on the 2019 Warriors is scarce, but the Falcons learned that they try to be run-heavy. They run a Wing-T offense, so Fuqua can expect a good deal of misdirection, and they run a 5-3 defense.

The Falcons hope to give many younger players more varsity experience, and senior quarterback Elijah Warner will likely rest for this game.